Sustainability Awards 2019

This year, the annual Sustainability Awards will be on Wednesday 12th June.  As well as celebrating the outstanding work being done by people across the University to make the campus more sustainable, we will also be looking back.  2019 is the 10-year anniversary of the Bike Hub, who keep the staff and students of Leeds travelling sustainably by offering bike hire, repairs and training (and plenty of biscuits!).  It has also been 10 years since we started employing student interns in the Sustainability Service, bringing fresh ideas and student opinions to the team.

The Vice Chancellor will be presenting awards for the four sustainability strategy themes – Embedding Sustainability through Collaboration, Building Knowledge and Capacity, Being a Positive Partner in Society and Making the Most of Resources.  There will also be a Sustainable Purchasing Award, and two student awards for curricular and non-curricular work.  The nominations for the awards are now closed.

After this, there will then be an entirely vegan, locally sourced (where possible) two course dinner .  Vegan wine and soft drink options will accompany what is always known to be a delicious meal, changing the perspectives of a vegan menu.

Finally, we will then be celebrating the first year of our new engagement programme, Blueprint. Launched in October 2018, this replaced the Green Impact programme, creating a bespoke sustainability action plan for individual Schools and Services.  This programme is proving to be very popular, having already reached a wider audience than we achieved with the Green Impact programme!

As always, the striking table decorations will be designed and supplied by the staff and children of Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre.

Nominations for the awards are now closed.

Sustainability in the Curriculum

Sustainability is part of being a student at the University of Leeds, no matter what your discipline. It’s that simple.

Sustainability is cross-disciplinary, perfectly slotting into undergraduate and postgraduate courses and opening up a rich seam of research possibilities. Concepts, issues and innovations relating to sustainability are integrated into our learning programmes.

In it’s Seven Principles to Tackle the Climate Crisis,  the University committed to further extend the Leeds Sustainable Discovery Theme programme to integrate sustainability into our teaching provision at all levels, and give opportunities to students to take part in activities to promote sustainability.

Alongside formal learning, we are committed to supporting you to develop, understand and communicate the skills that you have – from volunteering, internships and becoming sustainability auditors to getting out and trying your hand at beekeeping.

International Sustainable Campus Network Award

Leeds has won an award for embedding a collaborative approach to sustainability across all aspects of the University curriculum. Find out more about the award at sustainability.leeds.ac.uk/celebrating-sustainability-at-leeds.

 

 

 

 

CGD Summer School: Exploring challenges and opportunities to achieving ‘Just Practices of Development’ in the context of the SDGs

As the international community gears up to respond to the new Sustainable Development Goals, join us to debate issues around development research and practice and whether and how genuine reform, inclusion and justice might be achieved.

In a world characterised by recurrent crises, and entrenched and deepening inequalities, business as usual remains the order of the day in many professional fields, including international development. And yet, the societal upheavals and disappointing outcomes of recent interventions and policies in the name of ‘development’ pose important questions for the current modus operandi of international development actors. Our summer school picks up on this point and problematizes various international development practices, in order to analyse how they are framed, and by whom, and their role in reproducing or challenging the status quo. We reflect on how and why current practices bring such a difficult mix of challenges for human existence and survival ranging from poverty and urban growth, to climate change, food and health, and ask:


•How is development practice entangled in the current challenges of political conflict, social inequality and unsustainability, and what opportunities are there to overcome this?
•What are the principal challenges when implementing more progressive development approaches that advance ‘inclusive’, ‘bottom up’, or popular-democratic development?
•What are the politics of knowledge in development practice? In other words, whose knowledge counts and matters in the day-to-day operations of a range of development stakeholders, considering the constraints posed by narrow measures of effectiveness, managerialism, results-based management and payment-by-results frameworks? How is this being tackled?

This summer school will address these questions as we explore the very real challenges of ‘doing’ development as the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gain momentum.

Take part in 5 days of lively and stimulating debate, lectures and workshops with University of Leeds academics, special guests and summer school participants from around the world. Refreshments, lunches and afternoon tea, coffee and cakes included – plus the Summer School dinner.

Bursaries

International bursary competition

This is for applicants who live outside of the UK, the bursary will cover the Summer School fee, 5 nights accommodation in Leeds and a contribution towards travel costs.

Fees and accommodation only bursary

This is for all applicants and will cover the Summer School fee and 5 nights accommodation in Leeds

Applicants should send 500 words outlining their interest in Summer School and what they hope to do in the future, other useful information would be the applicants background, any previous experience of work or study in development, what contribution they will make to the Summer School. This bursary application should be emailed along with a CV to Laura Smith at eeles@leeds.ac.uk on or before April 20th 2016.

Please state in your email which bursary you wish to be considered for.

For further information and updates on summer school please see here.

Biodiversity

As one of the largest landowners in Leeds, the University has a responsibility to take biodiversity seriously.  With a diverse combination of urban areas, residential sites, woodland and sports grounds, we maintain a variety of habitats to meet user needs across the city.  In 2011, with the introduction of our first Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), we have worked with a number of partners both internally and externally to ensure that we continue to have a net positive effect on the biodiversity of our estate.

Our Approach

It is becoming more important that all public bodies, including universities, plan for and consider biodiversity on their grounds. In its ‘Sustainable Development in Higher Education’ strategy the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) committed to promote sustainable estates management, including biodiversity. At the same time the Learning and Skills Council’s (LSC) strategy ‘From Here to Sustainability’ also identifies biodiversity as a key part of their principles and actions. The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) identify nine benefits for universities that have an active biodiversity agenda:

  • Improved reputation and green image
  • Potential to develop partnerships between staff and students
  • Opportunities for education and curriculum greening
  • Campus contribution to healthy living and wellbeing
  • Enhanced volunteering opportunities for students

In 2016 we launched our new ‘Biodiversity Standard‘ which builds on the previous plan and provides an overarching strategy for how we manage all of our properties as well as strengthening our position in the city and across the sector as exemplars of urban biodiversity practices.  We launched a revised version of our campus Biodiversity Action Plan for the city campus in May 2017.  This is largely an operational progress document, which is monitored through the Biodiversity Group.  The campus plan can be viewed here.